Here’s a random piece of trivia that means basically nothing, but is kind of fun. Today, April 24th, is National Pigs-in-a-Blanket day. Because here in the U.S. we like to come up with totally random holidays for every.single.day.of.the.year. Seriously. We are a strange people.
I have fond memories of eating pigs in a blanket for school lunch when I was in Elementary School. We usually took a bagged lunch from home, but occasionally my mom would let us eat school lunch. I loved the pigs in a blanket. That was back in the day when school lunch was totally prepared from scratch, unlike the per-processed, packaged crap that they feed our kids now. Really, how hard is it to make a PBJ? Apparently so much work that they must be purchased in little plastic bags. So disgusting! But I digress. Back to the pigs in a blanket. Our lunch ladies made the dough and wrapped it around the hot dogs, so that’s how I do it. If you prefer you can roll the dough into a circle, cut it into triangle shapes, and roll up the hot dogs like crescents. Either way they are soft and delicious.
Now that I’m grown, I am not that fond of hot dogs. But wrap some homemade dough around a hot dog, and I’ll admit that I actually enjoy them. I use the dough from my Soft Garlic Knots, but I’ve included it below to make it easier for you. Pigs in a blanket are of course still not the healthiest food out there, so we only have them a couple times a year. They make me feel like I’m a kid again. And my boys love them! I use part whole wheat in the dough to make them a little healthier, but you can use all white if that’s what you have. Making the dough from scratch takes a little time, but I think they taste so much better than the ones made with canned crescent dough. And I can pronounce all the ingredients in them, which is always a bonus. 😉
Homemade Pigs in a Blanket
2 tsp. SAF instant yeast
1 ¼ tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. olive oil
¼ cup milk
1 cup hot water
3 cups flour, more or less (I used half whole wheat flour)
Combine sugar, yeast, salt, olive oil, milk, and water in a large mixer bowl. (I used my Bosch.) Add enough flour to make a soft dough. Knead on low speed until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Let dough rest 5 minutes.
Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a rope and wrap around a hot dog. Place on a greased cookie sheet. Let rise for 20- 30 minutes. Bake in a preheated oven at 350° until lightly browned, about 15-18 minutes.